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Is it safe to sleep after a head injury?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Question: My husband fell on the porch tonight carrying some things. He hit the side of the
front of his head and also hit his elbow. He immediately got up and we doctored it.
He had some visual disturbances at first and a headache. Two hours later he still has a minor headache. Is there any danger in him going to sleep now? He had no nausea or disorientation.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Allow him to sleep

Detailed Answer:
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Welcome to Healthcare-Magic
Greetings of the day

Dear XXXX

Some degree of headache is quite common even after minor head injury. If there has been no loss of consciousness, no vomiting and disorientation and convulsions then there seems to be no cause for concern. Allow him to sleep, give him analgesic like Paracetamol. Rest and analgesic will relieve his symptoms.
If you notice any of following then consult your physician

1. Drowsiness
2. Persistent headache
3. Persistent vomiting
4. Loss of consciousness


Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.

Take care
Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
MBBS, MD
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Is it safe to sleep after a head injury?

Brief Answer: Allow him to sleep Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to Healthcare-Magic Greetings of the day Dear XXXX Some degree of headache is quite common even after minor head injury. If there has been no loss of consciousness, no vomiting and disorientation and convulsions then there seems to be no cause for concern. Allow him to sleep, give him analgesic like Paracetamol. Rest and analgesic will relieve his symptoms. If you notice any of following then consult your physician 1. Drowsiness 2. Persistent headache 3. Persistent vomiting 4. Loss of consciousness Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you. Take care Best regards Dr T Shobha Deepak MBBS, MD